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iconnumber posted 07-22-2001 05:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for verwald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is unclear to me is whether Bailey, Banks & Bailey manufactured their own sterling holloware, retailed only or both.
Also, I find that they have used many different styles for their hallmarks. Does this mean that a certain style was used for a certain number of years & therefore the date of manufacture can be identified?

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iconnumber posted 07-29-2001 11:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brent     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As far as anyone has been able to determine, Bailey, Banks & Biddle did not make their own silverware. Bailey & Co. MIGHT have back in the 1850's-60's, but BB&B probably did not. If have seen some pieces of BB&B silver with their mark only, and others with the marks of known manufacturers like Kennard & Jenks of Boston.

Attempts have been made to get at the BB&B archives, but to no avail as far as I know. Either they no longer have their old records, or just don't want to share them with the research community for some reason.

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